This is the full 3-25-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
Here on Labor Express Radio we have been spending considerable time covering the fight back against public school closings in Chicago. Over the past few weeks this story has started to receive national attention as Chicago’s example seems to have caught on in other cities, including Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland and New York which are also announcing significant school closings. But the 129 schools that were on the potential chopping block here in Chicago was far larger than in any other city and larger than any of the previous rounds of closings over the last several years as part of a decade of school privatizations in our city.
On thursday, the Chicago Public School board announced their decision on school closings. The news was bittersweet, but more bitter than sweet. The list had been reduced to 71 actions, including 54 outright school closings, 6 turn arounds, 11 co-locations (where a public school will share space with a private school), and 61 building closures. It seems clear that the fight back had had at least some impact. Some of the most organized communities have been spared entirely. Pilsen being a prime example, where 3 proposed closings were removed from the list. But at 54 closings and 17 other actions, it will still be the largest round of school closings in the city’s history. 13% of the schools in the city will be affected.
Those who have lead the fight back over the past several months are not giving up yet. A rally is planned for this Wednesday...
Rally and March to Stop School Closings
Wednesday, March 27th - 4:00pm
Daley Plaza - 118 North Clark St.
On today’s program we will hear more details about the school closings from professor of education at UIC, Pauline Lipman. We will also hear about the continued efforts to fight closings from members of the Chicago Teachers Union and community activists in the Pilsen neighborhood which was successful at preventing school closings in that community.
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